The Moving Blunders

To Err Is Human……

Is well known and well accepted and we practically misuse it for every fault of ours. Thanks to all the idioms that can often help us weave our way out of the possible grave dangers. “BLUNDERS” itself has a negative connotation that can send some shivers down your spine. However when you think of the whole experience of MOVING…. and making blunders in them – apart from the idioms that serve as a saving grace, the blunders become …. “Certainly unforgivable”.

Since now we are in a consensus that blunders do happen and are unforgivable especially in the case of moving, the easy way out would be to avoid them. Now don’t start sweating in order to figure out what might go wrong and the antidotes to get over it. Instead of enquiring, assuming, reasoning, thinking, planning or searching of the possible things that may happen or might not happen, we provide a comprehensive listing of everything.

Must Do’s – Before your Move
Take some time off, and do a thorough investigation of the Moving Company. Once you give your word it would be hard to back out from your deal. Therefore ideally check for their:

  • Experience, Credibility and Professionalism.
  • Necessary Permits and Licenses
  • BBB Membership
  • Estimate of the pricing

Once you are done with the finalization of the Moving Companies, does not mean that you wash your hands off. Though moving companies do take care of all the intricacies, you can do some minimum planning and organize things effectively that can work out well for you as well as the mover.

  • Sort out things and discard all the irrelevant stuff.
  • Keep aside the valuable documents and belongings and preferably carry them with you.
  • Get the perfect fit box for fragile or large items and get them packed properly.
  • Keep a tab of the items, and ensure that similar items are kept together.
  • Ensure that all the moving boxes are carefully labeled and tagged to enable a better finding.
  • Apart from naming the boxes of the products they contain, the rooms they belong to can also be mentioned so as to help movers identify what to put where.
  • Electrical fittings, appliances and cords, should be carefully packed and made known to the movers so that there could be absolutely no problems.
  • Do a prior survey of the new place and if possible indicate to the movers as to where things should be kept.
  • Make sure that all your furniture and belongings can be brought in and can be accommodated in the new place.
  • Do not leave the unplugging of electric equipment, emptying of commodities, water etc for the movers to do; it is your responsibility to do this.
  • Even if Movers are taking care of your packing, if you pack certain things beforehand, make it known to the movers. Otherwise the movers will end up packing and repacking everything.
  • If you are self- packing clearly demarcate the fragile and delicate items to avoid any breakage.
  • If you label the boxes make sure that it is legible not just to you but also the movers.
  • If your new place does not have a particular room, instruct the movers where to keep those belongings.
  • Where electronics are concerned try checking out the options that the companies have like pre- certification etc, so that even if there would be any damage you can claim compensation for them.
  • If you are getting your vehicle shipped, and leaving before the day that your automobile is transported, somebody else should be given the responsibility of taking care of it.
  • A change in address should be duly informed, especially to the postal services.

Must Not Do’s - Before the Move

  • Do not compromise on your moving just going by their charges or fancy offers. Be doubly sure on who is rendering the service and make your terms and conditions extremely clear.
  • Do not pack products that can catch fire easily or explosives.
  • In cases of self packing, do not over pack the boxes.
  • Seal the boxes improperly.

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  • If you are a collector of boxes and have a stock of them, or can at least try getting hold of them, use them to do your packing.
  • If you are a good self - packer or have help at hand, carry out the packing yourself and entrust the moving to the companies.
  • You can also be economical and use newspapers for wrapping.
  • There are some tax exemptions for certain items. Get to know about these and make the best use and save some money

Must Do’s – On the Moves
Packing done, everything on the way and you are also on the way! Phew…. take a few deep breaths and be thankful that a part of it is getting done! However you can pay attention to the following.

  • It is crucial for you to carry the bill of lading with you at all times, until the moving is completed.
  • Moving sometimes may get delayed and it would be ideal to make alternative arrangements for your stay, until everything is settled.

Must Do’s – After the Move
We do understand that you would be extremely excited that a great mission of moving is accomplished. However,

  • Do a quick check to see if everything has arrived
  • A “Thank you” alongside a few words of appreciation to the Movers, would be an ideal way to complete the moving journey.

You can give up crossing your fingers, until moving is done as we can ensure that all these tips will adequately furnish you to have a better move.

Caution-------Warning--------- Top Most Priority-------A Must Read

Well we know that you are eager to read this and must be skipping a heartbeat to what’s more…… and this is that in all the confusion of moving and trying to battle with immense procedures, paperwork, clutter, stress and more……..Stay calm and cool and do not forget to take care of your health and eat timely meals. It would be really unfortunate to get to the new place totally frazzled out or in a sick condition. You have to be as fit as a fiddle to start anew.

It also so happens that you tend to drive to the new destination. Well as long as you are capable to do so and have other driving companions it should be fine, else look for alternative ways of reaching there. Don’t jump into your new venture as soon as you arrive. Take some time off, take good rest after, and get accustomed to the new place and the surroundings. In conclusion we hope that your moving is devoid of any “possible unforgivable blunders”.

On this happy note we wish you a “Successful Moving”.